The Bell-Ringer of Angel's by Bret Harte Page 1 of 210

CONTENTS

THE BELL-RINGER OF ANGEL'S
CHAPTER I.
CHAPTER II.
CHAPTER III.
CHAPTER IV.

JOHNNYBOY.
YOUNG ROBIN GRAY.
THE SHERIFF OF SISKYOU.
A ROSE OF GLENBOGIE.
THE MYSTERY OF THE HACIENDA.
CHU CHU.
MY FIRST BOOK.


THE BELL-RINGER OF ANGEL'S

CHAPTER I.

Where the North Fork of the Stanislaus River begins to lose its youthful grace, vigor, and agility, and broadens more maturely into the plain, there is a little promontory which at certain high stages of water lies like a small island in the stream. To the strongly-marked heroics of Sierran landscape it contrasts a singular, pastoral calm.

White and gray mosses from the overhanging rocks and feathery alders trail their filaments in its slow current, and between the woodland openings there are glimpses of vivid velvet sward, even at times when the wild oats and "wire-grasses" of the plains are already yellowing.

The placid river, unstained at this point by mining sluices or mill drift, runs clear under its contemplative shadows.



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